Honda Makes Some of the Best 4WD Cars
Midwesterners know the value of shopping around for the best 4WD cars before winter sets in, and if you didn’t know that Honda has one of the most versatile models on the market, we’re here to share that with you. If you guessed it was the CR-V or the Pilot, well, we have news for you: we’re talking about the 2014 Honda Ridgeline.
Honda’s “sport utility truck” splits the difference between the pickup truck and the sport utility vehicle to make it an excellent choice for a powerful people mover or versatile work truck.
And when winter hits, the four-wheel drive makes it all the better.
Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive
The Ridgeline is the only Honda model that comes with four-wheel drive as a standard feature, but if we’re being honest, it’s the only one where we think every driver will want it. The CR-V, Pilot, and Crosstour have it available as an option, but on a pickup, well, we can’t think of a driver who wouldn’t be happy to find a standard four-wheel drive system.
And what a piece of technology it is. Honda’s Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive (VTM-4) is able to send the 250 hp of the vehicle’s 3.5L V6 engine straight to the rear wheels when it senses a loss of traction. But what if you’re parked on a sheet of ice or find your Ridgeline stuck in the mud?
You can lock the rear differential manually and transfer as much as 70% of engine power to the Ridgeline’s rear wheels to help get you out of a tight spot. It works in forward and reverse, at speeds as high as 18 mph. The VTM-4 system also helps account for the Ridgeline’s 5,000 pound towing capacity—perfect for taking out a pair of snowmobiles or hauling someone’s car out of the snow.
Ridgelines Are Winter Warriors
The Ridgeline is great all year round, but it’s particularly versatile during the winter, and if you’re looking for one of the best 4WD cars on the road, we have news: it’s a pickup truck. Contact Bosak Honda Michigan City to see the Ridgeline in action with a test drive.